Response Mobile Communications System (RMCS)
The First Responder – Response Mobile
Communications System (RMCS), developed by CERDEC’s Space and
Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD), was recently
demonstrated at the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Monmouth
August 29, 2005.
“The RMCS will bridge the communications interoperability gaps between
defense and civil support missions,” said Gary Blohm, S&TCD director.
The new, rapidly deployable communications system provides wireless
connectivity, situational awareness and 3-D location and tracking in the
absence of a fixed communications infrastructure. RMCS monitors vital
signs of responding personnel and provides the incident commander
cognitive oversight of the responders’ environmental conditions. It also
delivers voice communications and live high-quality video to the
incident commander and headquarters coordinating the operation.
First demonstrated in August 2005, RMCS went through a year of
refinement based on feedback received from Defense Department emergency
response personnel and Department of Homeland Security public safety
experts. Improvements resulted in reduced size, weight and power
consumption of the overall system, while increasing range and data
capacity to enable broad integration with standard first responder